Charging the iPad Mini when staying in India

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad Mini from an Indian power outlet by using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type C Europlug USB charger, recharging the iPad Mini using a three pinned Type D power adapter and charging the iPad Mini using a three pin Type M power charger

Indian power outlet

Various combinations of voltages and plug types can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. These instructions have been written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Mini when you're in staying in India.This page contains useful instructions which shows exactly what you'll need to charge the iPad Mini when you're travelling to India using the standard D, C or M type Indian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Indians typically use Type D plug outlets. If you are travelling to India from a different country please check that your iPad Mini can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If your iPad Mini came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in India

Can the iPad Mini be used in India?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini to an Indian power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini in India?

When travelling to multiple countries then the best travel adapter for India is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Indians use three different standards of plug sockets (types D, C and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of iPad Mini supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers along with support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Indian trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for India

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to India using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting India. [10] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini in India?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from an Indian power outlet

A guide showing how to recharge the iPad Mini from an Indian power outlet by using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type C Europlug USB charger.

  1. In order to power the iPad Mini from the Indian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the cable is normally supplied with your device by Apple.
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise the wall outlet by the 2 circular holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple Lightning charging cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging taking around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from an Indian power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad Mini from an Indian power outlet

Using a USB Lightning connector with a Type D USB charger to recharge the iPad Mini from an Indian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad Mini from an Indian power outlet you will need to use a Type D USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple typically supply the USB cable with the iPad Mini.
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type D USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by three circular holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple charging cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging and takes around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your iPad Mini from an Indian power outlet

How to use a Type M power charger for charging your iPad Mini from an Indian power outlet

Using an Apple USB Lightning connector and a Type M USB adapter to power the iPad Mini with an Indian power outlet.

  1. To charge your iPad Mini using the Indian power outlet you'll need a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually include the cable when you buy the iPad Mini).
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type M USB power adapter into the Indian power outlet. This power outlet (called the Type M power outlet [8]) looks like 3 large round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Indian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type M power charger for charging your iPad Mini from an Indian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Indian Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, costing £10-£15.
  5. USB to Apple Lightning cable - The Apple Lightning cable is a charging and syncing cable for more recent Apple devices and connects compatible iPhones and iPads to a USB port, priced £10-£15.
  6. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  7. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, estimated price £20-£25.
  8. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, costing £5-£10.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs £10-£15.